Category Archives: Sports

Gator nation mourns loss of former Gator QB John Reaves




(Listen to 23 minute interview with Reaves from 1997 below) Former All-American quarterback at the University of Florida and pro quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bucs and Bandits, John Reaves, was found dead in his South Tampa home on Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the cause of death. Reaves, who was 67, was found by his … Continue reading Gator nation mourns loss of former Gator QB John Reaves

Editorial: Super Bowl Ironies




Many sports writers across the country are describing Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks as one of the best NFL matchups in history as it will pit the league’s best offense against the best defense. Sunday’s matchup takes place in the outdoor MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and is … Continue reading Editorial: Super Bowl Ironies

Audio Archive Feature: Danny Wuerffel Heisman Profile on NPR’s Morning Edition




Aired on NPR’s Morning Edition on December 13th, 1996 (Original Intro) In New York tomorrow (Dec.14th,1996) the Heisman Trophy will be awarded to the nation’s top college football player.  One of the top finalists is Danny Wuerffel, the quarterback from the University of Florida who’s helped the Gators win four consecutive Southeastern conference titles and a place in … Continue reading Audio Archive Feature: Danny Wuerffel Heisman Profile on NPR’s Morning Edition

Former UF QB Danny Wuerffel honored at UF-TN game




Gator fans gave a warm welcome to former University of Florida Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel during the UF-TN game on Saturday.  Wuerffel, a member of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class, sauntered onto the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as the guest celebrity to lead the Orange and Blue in … Continue reading Former UF QB Danny Wuerffel honored at UF-TN game

Mike Miller- NBA Rookie of the Year




In March of 2000, University of Florida Sophomore forward Mike Miller sank the final shot in the 69-68 buzzer beater against Butler to take the Gator Basketball Team from the Final Four to the National Championship game.  The dramatic win led to a celebratory pile-up on the basketball court.   The Gators lost to Michigan State in the … Continue reading Mike Miller- NBA Rookie of the Year

Tim Tebow conference call before the Heisman Trophy announcement




Tim Tebow talking with Donna Green-Townsend during a conference call, November 19, 2007 less than a month before the Heisman Trophy was announced:[Audio clip: view full post to listen]     Tim Tebow’s apology to Gator fans September 27, 2008:[Audio clip: view full post to listen] In this feature, which aired in December of 2009, Tebow shared … Continue reading Tim Tebow conference call before the Heisman Trophy announcement

Ruth Alexander talks about paving the way for women athletes at the University of Florida (12/09/2010)




Aired on WUFT on December 9th, 2010 When Ruth Alexander first came to the University of Florida in 1969, the “Lady Gator” athletic program did not exist. She had a vision for women’s sports at UF and has recently been nominated by the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame for seeing that vision through. This isn’t … Continue reading Ruth Alexander talks about paving the way for women athletes at the University of Florida (12/09/2010)

Urban Meyer Changes His Mind (12/28/2009)




 (Originally aired on December 28, 2009 on WUFT) In late December of 2009, University of Florida Gator Football Coach Urban Meyer stunned Gator Nation when he announced he was stepping down as head coach.  Meyer cited a health scare as the reason.  Gator fans breathed a huge sigh of relief when Meyer changed his mind.  Donna … Continue reading Urban Meyer Changes His Mind (12/28/2009)

Gatorade Rebranding Stirs Up the Gators (02/02/2009)




Originally aired on WUFT February 2, 2009 Viewers of Sunday’s Super Bowl had the chance to see the new marketing strategy for Gatorade.  PepsiCo, the owner of the historic sports drink is banking on its new “G” campaign.  But as Donna Green-Townsend reports, Gators in the swamp at the University of Florida, the birthplace of the product, aren’t happy about … Continue reading Gatorade Rebranding Stirs Up the Gators (02/02/2009)

Mark Brunell’s Loyalty to Jacksonville (8/09/2002)




Aired on WUFT on August 9, 2002 Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell has done more than lead his relatively new NFL franchise team to the playoffs for four straight seasons.  Brunell is busy establishing a reputation on and off the field.  In 1995 he began a bible study with a few other NFL teammates.  That … Continue reading Mark Brunell’s Loyalty to Jacksonville (8/09/2002)